By George Vlotis and Melanie Dinjaski
Amid deafening 'football's coming home' chants astatine Wembley, with England appearing successful their archetypal European Championship final, Italy extended the Three Lions' agelong hold for nationalist squad silverware.
At 1-1 aft regular time, erstwhile other clip could not find a winner, the lucifer was decided by penalties. Goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Gianluigi Donnarumma were the stars of the shootout making aggregate saves each, nevertheless neither team's strikers were capable to assertion triumph erstwhile it counted.
Both of England's precocious subs, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, missed their penalties aft being brought connected precocious successful other clip specifically for the shootout. When England youngster Bukayo Saka had his changeable saved by Donnarumma, the location side's destiny was sealed, and 'football was going to Rome'.
Italy's triumph was their archetypal Euro rubric since 1968 and was particularly saccharine aft the humiliation of failing to suffice for the 2018 World Cup.
England had the imagination commencement erstwhile Luke Shaw scored the fastest extremity successful European Championship history, putting the Three Lions successful beforehand aft conscionable 1 infinitesimal and 57 seconds.
Kieran Trippier picked retired Shaw unmarked astatine the backmost station with a perfectly-weighted cross. Shaw past volleyed the shot into the backmost of the nett past Donnarumma with ease.
"It's a grooming crushed volley successful the biggest lucifer of his life," shot commentator Andy Hinchcliffe said.
Shaw nets England up
Stunned with the aboriginal antiaircraft lapse, Italy continued to beryllium nether the pump successful the opening minutes, scrambling astatine the backmost arsenic England attacked with intent.
Eventually the Azzuri steadied the vessel and began to clasp possession, albeit without troubling England's defenders with immoderate clear-cut chances.
Italy gully level successful Euro final
England took a 1-0 vantage aft the archetypal half, but successful the 2nd word Roberto Mancini's men began to asseverate themselves more, until they yet got a breakthrough.
It wasn't the prettiest of goals from the Azzuri, but with the bulk of possession belonging to the Italians successful the 2nd fractional and a sustained play of unit successful the attacking third, Italy produced an equaliser.
From a country England were incapable to wide a glancing header into the box, allowing Leonardo Bonucci to slot location successful a frantic sequence.
English goalkeeper Pickford initially saved a close-range shot, lone for the shot to onslaught the wrong of the post, arsenic Bonucci rushed successful to smash successful the rebound.
Neither squad could find a victor earlier regular time, oregon other time, sending the lucifer to beryllium decided by penalties.
Domenico Berardi and Harry Kane were palmy successful the opening penalties, earlier Pickford gave England an advantage, redeeming a shocking effort by Andrea Belotti astatine cleanable tallness for the goalkeeper to stop.
Next Harry Maguire went to the apical country and Bonucci did his occupation excessively erstwhile England stuttered. Striker Rashford tried to bash excessively overmuch to effort and instrumentality Donnuarumma, and delayed his changeable earlier pulling it near to deed the post.
Federico Bernardeschi past scored audaciously down the mediate past Pickford and erstwhile Sancho's effort was unsuccessful the Italians took the precocious hand.
Pickford was brave successful goals to support England successful the shootout by making different important prevention to contradict Jorginho, but erstwhile 19-year-old Saka had his changeable blocked, the tourney came to a cruel extremity for England, arsenic Italy were crowned champions.
Donnarumma was the leader for Italy, breaking English shot fans' hearts successful beforehand of 65,000 successful London.
As the Italians celebrated connected the transportation by swarming Donnarumma, Bonucci teased England by yelling astatine TV camera "It's coming to Rome".